Wissler, Clark, 1870-1947. The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The Sun Dance of the Blackfoot Indians

Published By: Original publisher New York: The Trustees. 1918. i, 223-270 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Clark Wissler

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Blackfoot (NF06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Organized ceremonial (796); Priesthood (793); Mythology (773); Asceticism (785); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Outbuildings (343); Religious and educational structures (346);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a detailed account of the Piegan Sun Dance that the author saw performed twice during his stay among the Blackfoot from 1902 to about 1911. Wissler's exact observations on this ceremonial are further supplemented by data provided by native informants. In this work various elements of the Sun Dance are discussed at great length, such as the preliminary preparations for the ceremony, a daily account of events taking place during the first eight days, the vow (to perform the ceremony), the ceremony of the tongues, and the medicine woman, (one of the key participants in the Sun Dance). The monograph concludes with a brief discussion of some mythological notes relevant to the ritual, and the degree to which the Blood and North Blackfoot participate.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 23

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nf06-023

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1902- ca.1911

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnogolist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1982

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Montana, United States; Alberta, Canada

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Siksika Indians


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